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Dealing with the trauma of sexual assault

University life is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times of a person’s life. Unfortunately, for some this is the time they may fall victims to sexual assault.
 
The term sexual assault has shockingly become normalised in society and has become a common threat to university students. The University of the Free State (UFS) through its sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence policy strongly condemns any form of sexual abuse. Dr Melissa Barnaschone, Director at Student Counselling and Development (UFS) says the university cares for the health and wellbeing of students and provides necessary support for victims of sexual assault and trauma.
 
It is unfortunate that sexual assault comes with many misconceptions that often shift responsibility and blame from the perpetrator to the victim. “It is important to always remember that it is not your fault; do not blame yourself,” says Dr Barnaschone. Helpguide.Org: Trusted guide to mental & emotional health says sexual assault leaves psychological wounds and sometimes long-lasting health challenges. Such trauma can severely affect a person’s ability to cope with daily academic, social, professional, and personal responsibilities.
 
Any sexual violence is a crime and as a victim, you are not to blame. Healing is achieved when you start to believe that you are not responsible for what happened to you. Visit Helpguide.Org for more information on post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma recovery tips and other related topics.

On this video clip, Dr Barnaschone shares some guidelines to deal with sexual assault and trauma: 

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News: Hockey and tennis
2009-05-19

Kovsie counts under SA’s top 25 hockey players
Cherie Smith, a second-year Quantity Surveying student at the University of the Free State (UFS), was appointed as a non-travelling reserve for the SA O/21 women’s hockey team that will participate in the Junior World Cup in the USA. Cherie counts under the top 25 junior hockey players in South Africa. 


Two UFS tennis teams compete nationally
The Kovsie men’s and women’s tennis teams were elected to represent the Free State at the National Club Championships in Durban from 21-26 July 2009. Elrien de Villiers, Rensia Henning and Jeanne du Plessis were included in the women’s team and Reon Henning, Willem Steenkamp and P.W. Holtzhausen will represent the men. The women are the defending champions and last year the men ended in fifth place.

Karin Coetzee is also included in the South African Student Tennis Team that will participate from 1-12 June 2009 in the World Student Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The Kovsie coach, Marnus Kleinhans, was also elected as the team’s coach.

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